It’s not a requirement, naturally, but the following was enough to pique this jaded email-deletion-master’s interest, at least:
I know you do more from the beats/instrumental side but not a whole lot of actual rappity rap. Which I actually think is just fine, but, I do have some rappity rap you might like.
Rappity-rap, indeed. Funnily enough, I love rappity-rap; it’s just that I have to narrow my focus a bit to find new bands, and there’s so much rappity-rap and hippity-hop out there that that particular genre had to be culled from my field of vision.
Now, it’s already been established this week that I really like interesting usage of samplers, and guess what – Phantom Balance have the golden knack too.
Hip hop, accompanied by rappity-rap or otherwise, is a tough genre to innovate in, or even to simply avoid re-treading the same old ground in. Drum Symbols doesn’t re-invent the hip-hop wheel, but it does add something hugely enjoyable to the hip-hop canon, and this is more than good enough.
Phantom Balance have snap, groove and swing; their rhymes have punch and grit. Nice stuff indeed. Sorry – “nicety-nice”.